Every day, advertising companies track our every move and bombard us with "relevant" advertisements at the expense of our privacy, ISPs and government entities in some countries stop us from visiting social networking sites and other harmless sites that don't conform to their ideology by censoring online content and hackers try to steal our data and hack our accounts for their own gain or just for the lulz.
Packed with step-by-step tutorials, screencasts and presentations, this course will teach how to stay anonymous online, how to deter private and public entities from gathering data on you and how to safeguard your online privacy against hackers; without learning to code or acquiring a computer science degree in the process!
This course will empower you and make you feel safer online.
In this course, you will learn:
This lecture will talk about what an IP address is, the difference between a private and public IP address, how to find your public IP address and what it reveals about you.
This lecture discusses what Domain Name Service (DNS) is and how it leads to revelation of your physical location and Internet Service Provider (ISP). We will also learn how to check for DNS leaks from your browser.
This lecture will demonstrate what sort of personal and private information your web browser is leaking and how you can do browser information leak tests online.
Here, we will modify the settings of our browser to safeguard our online privacy and make it tougher for companies and websites to glean information about us
Despite changing all the right settings and securing our browser, we will still require some browser extensions to improve the functionality of our browser and make it more secure against online advertisers and malicious websites. In this lecture, we will talk about a browser extension that can be used to stop all website scripts from running on your browser
In this lecture we will download and install a browser extension that shows you exactly what trackers reside in each website that you visit, their purpose and the provision to block them from tracking you
Here we will install a browser extension that enables SSL encryption for all websites that support them. This will encrypt all the data travelling to and from the website to your computer
Our first anonymising software suite. We will discuss The Onion Router (TOR), the basics of how it works, the type of people that use it, what it accomplishes as well as the disadvantages and limitations of using TOR
This lecture will demonstrate how to correctly install and use TOR to hide your public IP address and mask your identity on the World Wide Web.
Here we will be discussing what a Virtual Private Network (VPN) is, how it works and what it achieves along with the difference between VPN and TOR.
This tutorial will show how to install and run a particular VPN service and how to test whether it is correctly working or not.
In this lecture we will discuss what a virtual machine (VM) is, how to use VM softwares to run operating systems in a virtual environment and deal with suspicious files. This is to make sure that no malicious file can compromise our system
In this lecture we will talk about how to create a near anonymous email ID using a conventional email service provider and how to safeguard our inbox against spams by using special email services for various online accounts
In this lecture, we will learn to encrypt our Instant Messaging (IM) chats so that network sniffers and people eavesdropping on our network cannot read our chat
In this lecture we discuss a firm that provides softwares and services to encrypt our phone calls, video chat, messages and provide all-round protection to our smartphone communications.
Here is a bonus lecture that discusses an Operating System built from the ground up with security and anonymity in mind. This OS gained popularity after the famous whistleblower Edward Snowden lauded it for its security.
Congratulation on completing this course. Here is a quick recap of everything that we learnt. Hope you enjoyed this course and learnt something useful. Thank you.
Possessing a varied background, having dabbled in computer programming and web designing, along with professional work experience in MEP project (controls and automation) as well as management consulting, Shashank is always keen on learning and teaching new skills that can be used to improve productivity, quality of life and add a little oomph to the resume.
Shashank has previously taught SAT II students and mentored Engineering Diploma students.
Shashank has a degree in engineering from the UK, is a recent graduate from a global top 10 B-School (Financial Times ranking, 2015) and is a voracious tech junkie.